Head of Marketing and Communications

SLS Services Limited
16 Apr 2017
16 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
- Head of Communications & Marketing
- Location: Central London
- Salary: c£85,000 pa plus excellent benefits (bonus, 15% pension, private medical cover, life assurance, plus others)
- Will suit someone experienced in a B2B communications and a PR environment at a managerial level
- Plus experience of Working in Medical Communications, Biotech, Biopharma, Pharmaceutical Organisation

My clients aim is to support the UK Cell Therapy industry with the vision to become a global leader in this fast developing sector.  They work with their industrial and academic partners to overcome the commercial and technical challenges preventing bringing these therapies to the market.  Based in Central London they provide a range of services to help with the development of new therapies bridging the translational gap from late stage development to clinical trials.  They have successfully taken a product through to the completion of phase II clinical trials following a planned development cycle to deliver on their vision of bringing these therapies to market.  

They are changing the future of the cell and gene therapy industry and are therefore looking to offer the right candidate an opportunity to help create something challenging and unique.

They are seeking an exceptional Head of Marketing and Communications to take responsibility for the Company’s marketing and communications strategies to ensure continued growth and success both within the UK and abroad. Reporting to the Chief Business Officer, this role will take a lead in the development of the services and activities and enable the Company to meet the evolving needs of the industry that it serves and to also ensure that all stakeholders understand what the offering and the ensuing successes that result from these activities. 

The successful candidate will also be responsible for creating board approved internal and external communications, PR, and marketing strategies, and delivering these through strong internal relationships whilst working with third party suppliers, including consultants and agencies. 

Key Accountabilities:

- Develop and maintain a deep knowledge of the current and future needs of the industry as relevant to the scope of our activities
- To help develop current and new activities and capabilities to meet those needs, and to develop the associated key messaging
- To contribute this knowledge to the strategic planning
- To devise and implement strategies to communicate the capabilities, successes and outcomes to key audiences
- To ensure the key audiences: collaborators, staff, funding providers and the research community are well informed about the company
- To lead on media relations, crisis reputation management, internal and external communications (including social media) for the Company
- To play a senior role within the management team, with delegated authority for the delivery of activities within an agreed work plan for the Company
- To work as a key advisor to the CBO and other senior members of the Executive Team, including the CEO
- To act as a corporate ambassador for the business in support of the Executive Team whilst working with discretion and confidence at external functions and client meetings where appropriate
- Manage the marketing and communications team
- Select and manage external agencies (including PR)
- To measure and monitor the success of our marketing


Two or more of the following will be a requirement of this role:

- B2B Marketing of services in a professional consulting or engineering environment
- Professional journalistic, public relations, or television experience relevant to the field of cell and Gene therapy
- Working in the field of regenerative medicine, ATMPs, or cell or gene therapies with a strong understanding of the underlying science
- Business strategy and communications in a healthcare or pharmaceutical company

Additional Experience:

- Experienced in a B2B communications and a PR environment at a managerial level
- Experienced of liaising with Company employed agencies and Senior employees to promote the Company within the relevant media
- Experienced in implementing successful, integrated, strategic communications and marketing campaigns across both traditional and digital channels
- Experienced in managing multiple stakeholders at all levels of an organisation including board level
- Experienced in working closely with business development, brand and communication teams
- Experienced in agency and supplier management
- Ability to understand complex information and translate it into market leading communications strategies
- Confident in managing and presenting to senior stakeholders
- 5+ years’ experience of working at a senior level within communications and PR
- A track record of delivering strong communications and PR successes within a Life Sciences or pharmaceutical focused organisation would be beneficial
- Experience of communications in a governmental setting would be beneficial

Education / Qualifications:

- Phd or Masters level degree in a scientific discipline from a leading university preferred
- MBA or Strategic Marketing qualification from a world class institution advantageous
- Undergraduate degree to minimum 2:1 from a leading university required

This is a permanent role